Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Open Studios - Cockpit Arts

This weekend I welcome you into my studio for a peek at my latest creations and am excited to showcase a menagerie of paper maché animals in the internal staircase. My studio is strewn with fabric, thread, paper, paste, paint and strange creatures as I frantically assemble the final pieces before we open on Friday. Really hope to see you!

Cokcpit Yard
Northington Street

Friday 6pm - 9pm
Sat & Sun 11am - 6pm

Free Entry

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Meet The Maker

Very pleased to be featured across 2 pages of June's Country Living UK magazine. It's an interview with me and includes photos of me at work in the studio captured by my very talented photographer step sister Emma Collins.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Paul Smith 2014

I delightedly hurried back to London after Christmas to make an army of paper maché animal sculptures and heads, commissioned for two Paul Smith shops in Paris and Milan.
The paper sculpture is very new work and I was thrilled to get such an amazing first commission with them. I love his shops; the colours, the playfulness and the style and quality of everything. Such a beautiful setting to showcase my work, I couldn't have been more happy to return from holiday!!

So, what did they do with them?? Well…

Milan - Via Manzoni

Paris - Rue Du Faubourg St Honore

Monday, 25 November 2013

Liberty's Cracking Christmas Windows

How exciting!! 3 of my fabric birds found their way into Liberty's wonderful Christmas windows! The windows feature my Flamingo, Sun Parakeet and Peach Faced Lovebird bursting out of sparkly Christmas crackers... they look beautiful, I'm so delighted!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Paper Animal Sculptures

I've worked some long hours the past week getting this bunch of odd animals together to ship off to Germany for the 'Artistic Toys' exhibition at Galerie Handwerk in München. I take part in the show each Christmas and keep wishing I could go but sadly it's my busiest time and I just can't get away... but if you can I recommend it! There's such wonderful work there each year.

 I managed 6 species from my long list of unusual animals: Dik Dik, Tamandua, Jerboa, Numbat, Quoll and Elephant Shrew. I added to the Paper Animal Heads with a Bespectacled Bear and a Bongo.

You'll be able to find all these pieces shortly in my shop, as with all my work I will make them to order, as these first pieces have just left the studio.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Cody Foster - Design Theft

Cody Foster & Co are a big Christmas decoration manufacturing company based in the US who make their money out of the theft of other people's ideas. They take the designs of hard working, honest craftspeople, designers and illustrators and have them mass produced to a ridiculous degree in China, then selling them on as their own designs.
There is no mention of the artist the design has come from, no request to purchase the design, no commissioning of designs for a fee, no royalties offered, just theft, unknown to the makers/creators until someone who is able to access their closed site or be on their registered mailing list to receive a catalogue, recognises the work of the original artist and makes it known to them.

Yesterday I discovered this had happened to me. The design stolen from me was an owl decoration I made in 2010, laser cut from wood to my own illustration. They might have purchased a decoration from me through my Etsy shop or Big Cartel, but never contacted me to ask to buy the design to reproduce it. It is absolutely shameful theft.

My owl to the left, their glittery number to the right, much the same?!?!

This years Cody Foster catalogue also features the work of talented designers/makers: Lisa Congdon, Mimi Kirchner and Cassandra Smith... there may be others (artist's original to the right, Cody Foster to the left):

The kind lady who recognised my work has compiled these Flickr pages, showing the original works of various artists and the rip offs manufactured by Cody Foster over several years, unbeknownst to them:

Cody Foster have a private website so no designs can be seen. Their Twitter page is private so no tweets can be linked to them and seen on their feed, and they are not answering emails.

People such as myself work hard at our craft, we put our life and soul into what we produce and we do it with honesty and integrity. Of course we are all inspired by what is around us and we can arrive at similar conclusions to others, but Cody Foster have undeniably stolen these designs from these people and shouldn't be allowed to continue making money from it.

For now all I can do is to raise awareness of their game and ask for support in sharing the story and possibly emailing them at: to voice your own anger at how they operate.
I'll keep you posted on any progress. Thank you x

Cody Foster & Co
PO Box 247
Valentine, NE 69201
402 376 3369 - Tel
402 376 2835 - Fax